Thursday, 25 May 2017

Trump Nato summit: 'Tough' talks ahead over military spending

US President Donald Trump is in Brussels for what his team is describing as "tough" talks with other members of the Nato military alliance.

Nato has agreed to Mr Trump's request to join the US-led coalition against so-called Islamic State.

But he may also press members to pay their full financial share.

Mr Trump has already met EU leaders. EU President Donald Tusk said they had agreed on "many areas" but had differences on Russia.

"I'm not 100% sure we can say that we have a common position, a common opinion on Russia, although when it comes to the conflict on Ukraine we were on the same line," he said.
Mr Trump has been criticised for his admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his administration is embroiled in allegations of close ties with Russian interests.

Mr Tusk continued: "However, my main message to President Trump was what gives our co-operation and friendship its deepest meaning are fundamental Western values like freedom, human rights, respect for human dignity.

"The greatest task today is the consolidation of the whole free world around those values, not just interests... This is what we - Europe and America - should be saying."

BBC     News.